NCAA women's basketball roundup
No. 18 St. John's 66, Hartford 54
Shenneika Smith recorded a double-double and St. John's women pulled away from Hartford 66-54 Sunday in a nonconference matchup.
Former Montville High School star Nikkia Smith led Hartford (5-1) with 16 points off the bench.
Smith, who moved into ninth place all-time on St. John's (4-1) career points list Wednesday against Iona, scored 21 points and pulled 11 boards for the Red Storm.
After a back-and-forth first half, Hartford entered halftime trailing 26-24 before taking a 36-32 second-half lead behind a layup from Nikkia Smith.
St. John's scored six-straight to go up 38-36 but Nikkia Smith made two free throws to tie the game at 38-all.
However, Hartford would never retake the lead, as St. John's Smith tallied six-consecutive points and Keylantra Langley hit two free throws to put the Red Storm up for good.
St. John's has won four straight games after opening the season with a loss to Texas.
No. 1 Stanford 77, Long Beach State 41
Chiney Ogwumike had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Stanford beat Long Beach State in its first game holding the top spot in the poll in nearly eight years.
Joslyn Tinkle added 18 points and seven rebounds and Amber Orrange scored Stanford's first seven points of the game and finished with 13 for the Cardinal (6-0), who extended the nation's best home winning streak to 81 games at Maples Pavilion.
Orrange also had nine assists - two shy of her career best - and grabbed seven rebounds, regularly looking to find Ogwumike in the paint. Ogwumike powered to the basket on the block to draw quick fouls on the 49ers posts.
Alex Sanchez scored 14 points but was her team's lone player in double figures as cold-shooting Long Beach State (3-4) lost its sixth in a row to the Cardinal in the series. Sanchez, who came in averaging a team-leading 14.4 points per game, shot 5 for 12.
Ogwumike crashed the offensive glass for five offensive boards as the Cardinal held a 43-32 rebounding advantage. Taylor Greenfield came off the bench for 11 points with three 3-pointers.
Stanford made 6 of its first 8 3s, two each by Tinkle and Bonnie Samuelson - and both of Samuelson's 3s came during a 21-2 run that broke the game open midway through the first half and put the Cardinal ahead 36-11. They wound up 10 for 24 from long range.
The 49ers rallied from 22 points down in the second half of a 77-69 win against Utah Valley on Friday night, but were overmatched from the opening tip against the aggressive, up-tempo Cardinal.
Long Beach State faced a ranked opponent for the first time since a 51-46 upset of Southern California on Nov. 23, 2005.
No. 4 Duke 82, Xavier 59
Chelsea Gray scored a season-high 22 points, freshman Alexis Jones had a breakout game with a career-high 14, and the Blue Devils routed the Musketeers.
Elizabeth Williams added 16 points and Haley Peters had 13 for the Blue Devils (4-0), who came in with five players averaging double figures.
Against Xavier's smaller starters, Duke shot a season-high 59 percent, including 66 percent during a 44-point first half.
Ashley Wanninger led Xavier (3-2) with 15 points.
No. 9 Kentucky 100, S.C. Upstate 34
A'dia Mathies scored 17 points, Samarie Walker added 13 and the Wildcats forced 38 turnovers in a blowout of the South Carolina Upstate.
DeNesha Stallworth added 11 points and Janee Thompson had 10 for the Wildcats (4-1), who shot 50 percent in winning their 24th consecutive home game.
Iowa 79, No. 12 West Virginia 70
Jaime Printy made all 17 of her free throws and scored 19 points and the Hawkeyes rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to defeat the Mountaineers at the FIU Thanksgiving Classic.
Thirteen of Printy's free throws came in the second half, when the Hawkeyes (5-2) went on a 24-8 run to lead 67-60 with 2:12 remaining. She made eight free throws in the final 45 seconds.
Morgan Johnson also scored 19 points, including 14 in the second half, for Iowa, which made 27 of 30 free throws after halftime.
Taylor Palmer scored 23 points and Christal Caldwell 17 for West Virginia (3-2).
No. 16 Ohio State 82, Wright State 52
Tayler Hill scored 17 points and the Buckeyes breezed past the Raiders.
The Buckeyes (4-1) scored the first nine points and led 22-4 with 11:55 remaining in the first half after a 3-pointer by Hill. Amber Stokes scored 11 of her 13 points in the first half as Ohio State took a 42-25 halftime lead.
Kim Demmings scored 17 points to pace Wright State (2-2).
No. 19 UCLA 65, Princeton 52
Nirra Fields scored 26 points and Markel Walker added 23 points, and the Bruins overcame an 11-point first-half deficit to beat the Tigers.
Walker also had nine rebounds, six steals and six assists for the Bruins (3-1).
Niveen Rasheed led Princeton (3-2) with 17 points.
No. 20 Tennessee 90, Alcorn State 37
Meighan Simmons scored 12 points and five of her teammates also reached double figures and Tennessee defeated Alcorn State in Lady Braves coach Tonya Edwards' return to her alma mater.
Edwards played on Tennessee's first two national championship teams in 1987 and 1989. She was the most outstanding player of the 1987 Final Four. The Alcorn State coach received a loud ovation from the Thompson-Boling Arena crowd during pregame introductions.
Tennessee has won four straight games since opening the season with an 80-71 loss at Chattanooga in Holly Warlick's head coaching debut.
Bashaara Graves, Isabelle Harrison, Jasmine Jones, Nia Moore and Taber Spani scored 10 points each for Tennessee (4-1).
Tierro Frost scored a team-high nine points for Alcorn State (0-4).
No. 22 Kansas 58, Creighton 48
Monica Engelman and Carolyn Davis had 12 points apiece and the Jayhawks defeated the Bluejays.
Davis also had seven rebounds, Angel Goodrich had nine assists and CeCe Harper scored 10 points for the Jayhawks (5-0).
McKenzie Fujan, Carli Tritz and Sarah Nelson all scored 11 points for Creighton (2-2).
No. 24 Dayton 105, Eastern Illinois 42
Jodie Cornelie-Sigmundova was 9 of 9 from the field with a career-high 21 points to go with a pair of blocks and the Flyers rolled over the Panthers to win the Dayton Marriott Classic.
Ally Malott added a double-double for the Flyers with 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Sam Mackay hit 6 of 8 shots en route to 14 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Sydney Mitchell led Eastern Illinois (2-3) with nine points.
No. 25 North Carolina 101, UNC Asheville 42
Waltiea Rolle scored 19 points and Megan Buckland 17 and the Tar Heels dominated the Bulldogs.
The Tar Heels (6-0) led 51-29 at halftime. Xylina McDaniel added 11 points and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt 10 for North Carolina. Gentry Manley scored 12 points and Shonese Jones 11 for UNC Asheville (1-4).
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